Cassowary Chick Hatched At Virginia Zoo

(Image 1)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Virginia Zoo officials say the birth of a cassowary chick in Norfolk is one of only five such births in U.S. zoos over the past decade.
    
Cassowaries are flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, northeastern Australia and area islands. They're among the largest birds, slightly smaller than the ostrich and emu. They have a reputation as the world's most dangerous bird and are capable of inflicting serious injuries with their claws, but attacks are rare.
    
Virginia Zoo official say Earline, a female cassowary, came from the National Zoo in January 2012 and was introduced into a shared habitat with the male cassowary Boris about a year later. The result was a chick that hatched June 11. The chick will be named after its sex is determined.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s